Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Argument over beer at Breaker's Bar in Cypress leads to murder trial

 Posted By CotoBlogzz:

SANTA ANA, CA  -  Richard Lee Thompson faces trial tomorrow for killing a man in a bar by hitting him in the head with a pool cue. Thompson, 48, Lakewood, is charged with one felony count of involuntary manslaughter by unlawful act and faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison if convicted. Opening statements in Thompson's jury trial are expected to begin tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010.

On March 17, 2008, Thompson is accused of starting an argument over a beer with 44-year-old Steven Toole at Breaker's Bar in Cypress. The victim pushed the defendant, who fell to the floor. When Thompson stood up, he is accused of grabbing a nearby pool cue and swinging it at the victim, striking him one time in the head with the fat end of the cue. The victim immediately collapsed and was taken to the hospital. Toole was placed on life support and died the next day.

Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.

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